Volunteer Audiobook Mentors Needed

Volunteer Audiobook Mentors Needed

Do you want to make a difference for children with learning challenges like dyslexia, ADHD, and autism? The Shadow Project is seeking volunteer audiobook mentors in Portland and McMinnville to empower students with reading struggles to get hooked on literacy and reach their potential. Shadow Project audiobook mentors meet one-on-one with elementary school students once a week, coaching them to use an online audio-visual book library designed specifically for children with learning challenges. Mentors guide children in finding books they love, setting goals, and reading at school and home. You’d make a great mentor for a child with learning challenges if you are able to:

*Commit to two hours a week, during school hours, October to May, for at least three months;

*Interact compassionately with children who are diverse learners, encouraging them to set reading goals, and celebrate their progress;

*Complete a background check.

Many children with learning challenges read one- to three-years below grade level and struggle with the printed word. Audio-visual books give kids with learning challenges a new way to read. They can see and hear the book, which builds their confidence and engagement in reading. Research has found that hearing a book while seeing it can boost comprehension. Paired with a caring mentor to encourage and reward their efforts, once-struggling students become motivated and more joyful readers, and their reading scores improve.

“I had a difficult time learning to read when I was younger,” said Joey Webber, Portland Timbers mascot, who is a Shadow audiobook mentor. “Having the opportunity to share that challenge and help these kids realize their potential is a very special experience. Setting goals with kids is so motivating.”

The Shadow Project partners with teachers at 38 primarily low-income schools to close the achievement gap for diverse students with learning disabilities, whose challenges are often impacted by race-based inequities. Shadow empowers them to be confident, engaged learners who thrive in school and life. For more information, call Alejandra Gurrola, 971-373-3457, or go to shadow-project.org/volunteer.

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